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In the first four months of 2023, the PH crime rate fell by 11.36%.

According to a senior police official speaking on Thursday, the nation’s crime rate has decreased by 11.36 percent in the first four months of this year.

Col. Redrico Maranan, head of the PNP Public Information Office, stated in a Laging Handa briefing that a total of 12,226 criminal occurrences were reported from January 1 to May 2, as opposed to 13,763 offenses during the same time period last year.

“Iyan po ay iyong mga eight focused offenses, at nakapagbaba tayo ng 1,500 plus ang krimen. We were able to eliminate more than 1,500 offenses out of the so-called eight focal crimes by using various anti-criminality techniques, so that’s what we did. Because of this, we can tell that our various anti-criminality initiatives are successful,” he continued.

Murder, homicide, bodily harm, robbery, theft, vehicle theft, motorcycle theft, and rape are among the eight focal crimes.

Index crimes include serious offenses including murder, homicide, bodily harm, robbery, rape, theft, and carjacking, whereas non-index crimes include breaking municipal rules and ordinances and auto accidents.

Maranan stated that as part of preventative measures against criminality, the PNP will station police officers in barangays selected by the local police forces as crime-prone regions under the direction of PNP commander Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr.

Gen. Acorda, our new PNP commander, has made it a priority to place police in barangays with a high crime rate. That has already been determined, and it will receive priority during our deployment in the barangays where crime is most prevalent. Additionally, we have identified the police regional offices that will take the lead because that is where we observed the barangays with the highest crime rates taking place,” he continued.

Maranan previously stated that the move is a strategic action plan since the national police lack the manpower to protect more than 100 million Filipinos nationwide.

According to Maranan, increased police visibility has been shown to be a successful crime deterrent over time.

He stressed the significance of the barangay authorities’ collaboration in upholding peace and order.

He added that it is the responsibility of police commanders to start such cooperation because effective coordination between the police and the community depends on it.

“The PNP cannot station police officers in every barangay. We group the barangays together before setting up police outposts, police help desks or even Police Community Precincts. We feel that if this is properly executed, we will be able to reduce crime, particularly in the barangays that are more likely to experience crime, ” he added.

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